Sennheiser RS 160 vs. Philips Fidelio M1BT



Music lovers don´t find it difficult to start an argument. Did Stephane Grappelli ruin the purity of Django Reinhardt´s guitar playing? Is the technical ability of Eddie van Halen any substitute for the raw intuition of Jimi Hendrix? Did the political backdrop of punk detract from the musical reality?

Music lovers don't find it difficult to start an argument. Did Stephane Grappelli ruin the purity of Django Reinhardt's guitar playing? Is the technical ability of Eddie van Halen any substitute for the raw intuition of Jimi Hendrix? Did the political backdrop of punk detract from the musical reality?

 

But if there's one thing upon which all music fans it's that music should be heard in the best quality possible.

 

It used to be the case that in order to achieve great audio quality, you would need to invest in a stationary hi-fi set up, comprising of several separate units. While the very best quality music still relies on a similar system, the world of portable music has made giant leaps in recent years.

 

The shift to digital music has made it possible for music fans to indulge in high quality sound whilst on the go. As a result, headphone technology has also come a long way. Consumers today can choose between in-ear or over-ear headphones, between wired or wireless and, of course, a whole host of styles and designs.

Here, we take a look at two high-end, wireless headphones which are making a splash on the market: the Sennheiser RS 160 and Philips Fidelio M1BT headphones. Let's take a look at each, before making a verdict on the better pair.

 

Sennheiser RS 160 Headphones

 

Sennheiser are one of the biggest names in the headphones industry and they have been for some time. Established in a university laboratory by Fritz Sennheiser shortly after the end of the Second World War, the company has been family managed for decades. Throughout this period, it has pioneered a number of headphone designs and has remained at the cutting edge of audio engineering.

 

Today, Sennheiser is a huge brand employing more than 2,000 people worldwide. Although the company has changed, they still put out the finest equipment and the RS 160 headphones are just one example.

 

The RS 160 headphones mark the introduction to Sennheiser's range of wireless headphones. They may not include advanced noise cancelling technology but they are designed to deliver audiophile quality sound without the need for a wire.

 

These headphones make user of the Kleer wireless protocol which marks an important step in wireless technology for Sennheiser. It is this protocol which allows crystal clear audio delivery at surprising distances.

 

The comfort and sound quality combine to make a great set of headphones which are ideal for home use and another popular inclusion in the range is the Sennheiser RS 120 Wireless Headphone System.

 

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Philips Fidelio M1BT Headphones

 

The Philips company is a world away from Sennheiser. Employing well over 100,000 employees worldwide, Philips focuses on a wide range of electronic devices, extending well beyond the headphone market. The two companies are similar in one important respect - they both make outstanding headphones.

 

The M1BT headphones fit into the Philips Fidelio range, which features a variety of audio devices, from docking stations to home cinema equipment. While Philips has been making good quality headphones for some time, the M1BT is their first Bluetooth, wireless release.

 

The M1BTs are built with portability in mind and so a great choice for those who demand quality when they're out and about. This is largely down to the headphone's great battery life and their lightweight body.

 

Other popular entries in the Fidelio range include the M1/00 Headphones.

 

The comparison

 

It's no surprise that both the Sennheiser and Philips wireless headphones represent quality products which are capable of pleasing music lovers to no end. Despite their shared quality, they each appeal to a slightly different market on account of their subtle differences.

 

One clear advantage to the Philips pair is the ability to use them as a wired headset. A simple 3.5mm connection can come in handy when you're looking to use the headphones for a long time. The battery life on both headphones is excellent but the ability to use them with a cable is great.

 

The Philips headphones are also significantly more comfortable for those on the move. The lightweight design means that you can travel with the Philips headphones without growing uncomfortable.

 

The Sennheiser headphones may not be as lightweight as the Philips pair but they are by no means inferior. Sennheiser deliver in just the aspect you'd expect - sound and build quality. Whether you're into the low end double bass on a Charlie Mingus record or the treble packed flute of Jethro Tull, you can be sure that the Sennheiser headphones will deliver every level of tone that's included in the recording.

 

Overall, both headphones are excellent examples of the power behind the wireless headphone technology of the day.

 

The Philips headphones excel in portability, making them the perfect choice for those who love to listen on the go. Meanwhile, the Sennheiser headphones deliver crisp sound, making them an ideal choice for the audiophile who is looking for a comfortable wireless headset for the home.